“In a well-received video to the growing “Pastors and Pews” group headed by evangelical organizer David Lane, the Republican thought leader (Newt Gingrich) said, “You’re at a moment in history that is as defining as anything in the Old Testament.”
“Gingrich spelled that out as a threat by the left to impose “atheistic values,” and reduce religion in America to an hour at Sunday services. “A lot of these left-wing secular judges, left-wing secular lawyers, and activist groups are trying to coerce Americans into giving-up the beliefs that made us famous. Forget that the Pilgrims came here for religious liberty, forget that the Jamestown Colony, which people think of as secular, actually had church services fourteen times a week, forget that the core of America, as defined by Lincoln, and redefined by Eisenhower, is a nation under God. That has been the heart of who we are, our rights come from our Creator, they don’t come from some random thing,” said the former speaker.
Actually Rights come from the nature of being human. Humans are born with certain attributes and characteristics. The ideas of Liberty, Freedoms, Coercion and regulations must recognize that or the are not coincident with America’s core values.
Gingrich told the pastors, “You’re at a point where some people have to have the courage to witness for Christ, some people have to have the courage to stand up and tell the truth to their flock, and some people have to have the courage to get into the public arena themselves.”
What about the LGBT community? What about The Atheists?
It turns out that the same laws that protect religious freedom also protect gay rights and athiests. “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
The general rule is that government officials may not impose content-based restrictions on speech in a public forum. The First Amendment protects citizens from the government, not so much citizens from other citizens.